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Jonathan Schoen
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Favorite Diesel
 
« on: Mar 23rd, 2003, 5:45pm »
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What are your favorite first, second and third generation diesels? Mine include:
 
First: EMD F7
Second: EMD SD45 (hence; my user name)
Third: GE C44-9W and EMD SD90/43MAC


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Jonathan Schoen
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What was it the engines said? Well, UP 119 called the Central Pacific Jupiter a western snob and Jupiter made fun of 119's midwester accent.

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« Reply #1 on: Mar 25th, 2003, 6:38pm »
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EMD E-8
Centennial DDA40X
SD-80 MAC


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« Reply #2 on: Mar 25th, 2003, 10:46pm »
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EMD E-8, ABA or ABA set, for passenger, EMD SD-7/9 for freight.
 
EMD GP-30 Freight, EMD SD-50 Freight.
 
EMD SD-80MAC...
 
And any Baldwin diesel......


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Re: Favorite Diesel
 
« Reply #3 on: May 8th, 2003, 11:55am »
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First GE C44-9W  Second GE AC4400 Third EMD 103

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Re: Favorite Diesel
 
« Reply #4 on: May 8th, 2003, 12:48pm »
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GP-7/9
 
EMD GP-38
 
EMD SD-50
 
I know a lot of folks will plump for the F and E units, since those are the "ones that did it". However, EMD's GP 7/9 "did it" to the Fs, and set the standard for what we have today.


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Re: Favorite Diesel
 
« Reply #5 on: May 8th, 2003, 3:21pm »
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SD80
SD50
T-6


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« Reply #6 on: May 8th, 2003, 4:19pm »
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Hi All,
 
Choosing a favorite Diesel is a rough situation. As far as EMD goes, the E-8's & E-9's are notable, as are the F-3's and the F-7's.  
 
When you get to Alco, don't forget the PA's and FA's. It would be a tough choice between a streamliner headed by an E unit or a PA unit. This would really be rough with both in the Santa Fe red warbonnet paint scheme.  
 
Fairbanks Morse C liners had a quiet charm as well.  
 
And who doesn't like the looks of a U boat? A U-36 in Santa Fe Blue is a nice sight. A U-28 in UP Yellow is equally attractive.


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« Reply #7 on: May 8th, 2003, 7:40pm »
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I have a new favorite, the BL2 by EMD, mainly because there's one near me in Honesdale PA on the Lackawaxen & Stourbridge    I'm sure some on here remember, the halfway-between F3 and GP7 that EMD built to compete with Alco's RS-1 but failed mainly due to it being too much like a cowl unit and not as much like a road-switcher as Alco's beast...
 
Speaking of Alcos, nearby Scranton is awash in them too--D-L short line owned by GVT is all Alco.  Never seen so much smoke out of diesels in my life...


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Chieftain-
Yeh, had the pleasure of seeing that Stourbridge BL2 in action last summer.  For those who haven't seen one, here's a pic I posted somewhere on these boards...


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« Reply #9 on: May 9th, 2003, 12:40pm »
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Hi All,
 
A BL-2, interesting engine. I have had a chance to acquire one, in HO gauge, many times, with the right price. Never picked one up. Once it was less than $10.  
 
At any rate, an interesting engine and a transition from the F units to the GP units. You are lucky that you have found a survivor, with a very nice paint job. Were these units also 1500 hp ? A rare bird indeed. Very nice photo.


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Re: Favorite Diesel  BL-2
 
« Reply #10 on: May 9th, 2003, 12:50pm »
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I remember seeing these rare beasts when I was growing up on the C&EI and Monon.

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« Reply #11 on: May 9th, 2003, 3:56pm »
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The BL2 is an interesting engine. Although the body is not typical of EMD. Anyone have a list of which railroads owned them?

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Jonathan Schoen
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What was it the engines said? Well, UP 119 called the Central Pacific Jupiter a western snob and Jupiter made fun of 119's midwester accent.

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« Reply #12 on: May 9th, 2003, 4:21pm »
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Yo Jonathan,
 
 As I stated, the BL-2 represents a transition model. The front is reminiscent of the F units and the rear of the GP units. Truly an odd ball.


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on May 9th, 2003, 4:21pm, Pennsy wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Yo Jonathan,
 
 As I stated, the BL-2 represents a transition model. The front is reminiscent of the F units and the rear of the GP units. Truly an odd ball.

 
Good point.


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Jonathan Schoen
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What was it the engines said? Well, UP 119 called the Central Pacific Jupiter a western snob and Jupiter made fun of 119's midwester accent.

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« Reply #14 on: May 9th, 2003, 6:30pm »
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Yes, the BL2 has 1500HP.  Trivia question.  What is different between a BL1 and a BL2?  
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« Reply #15 on: May 9th, 2003, 6:58pm »
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Hi Chessie 2-8-2;
 
You almost had me going on that trivia question, so let me quote: The BL-1 has no internal or external distinction from the BL-2 and is a case of over-eager model numbering.  Source: The Second Diesel Spotter's Guide, By Jerry A. Pinkepank.
 
Additional information: Only one BL-1 was built and sold in the US, on 2/48. There were 58 BL-2's constructed and sold in the US from 4/48 to 5/49. Canada and Mexico had none.  
 
The BL's are essentially F-3's, modified.


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« Reply #16 on: May 9th, 2003, 11:05pm »
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You got it Pennsy.  
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« Reply #17 on: May 10th, 2003, 8:41am »
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Were these units also 1500 hp?
 
The BL-2 was 1500 hp all right.


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1.EMD GP30
2.EMD F7A
3.EMD GP9RM
4.GE C40-8W
5.EMD SD50



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« Reply #19 on: May 14th, 2003, 6:17pm »
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First: EMD GP9
Second: EMD SD38, GP40-2
Third: EMD SD60M
 
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